David De Gea wants to stay: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stated that the club’s star goalkeeper wants to stay at Old Trafford.
David De Gea was the star of the match against Young Boys on Tuesday night. The Spanish goalkeeper made an incredible goalline save to keep Manchester United alive in the match, as the side made their way into the round-of-16 of the Champions League.
Marouane Fellaini scored an injury-time to secure the berth in the next round for Mourinho’s men.
De Gea was adjudged the Man of the Match for his solid performance in front of the goal, as he kept a clean sheet in the game.
In the post-match interview, Mourinho spoke highly of the Spanish goalkeeper, calling him the ‘best in the world.’ He also insisted that De Gea wants to stay and is hopeful of the player signing a new deal at Old Trafford.
David De Gea wants to stay:
The Manchester United manager sent a clear message to the board, stating that the club needs to retain its best players if it aspires to be the best in the world.
“He is the best goalkeeper in the world. If our ambitions are to have the best in the world, we have to keep him,” Mourinho said.
Never stop believing at the ‘Theater of Dreams’ 🗣 pic.twitter.com/SxIutJu8I2
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) November 27, 2018
Mourinho insisted that the club is working hard to reach a deal with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and his hopeful for a new contract.
“I know he wants to stay, I know his agent (Jorge Mendes) is happy to do what the player wants and I also know the board want him to stay and they are working on that so hopefully sooner or later they reach a conclusion.”
🗣️ “I know he wants to stay.” 🔴
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) November 27, 2018
Talking about the save, Mourinho repeated that De Gea proved his stature as the best in the world with the effort.
“It looks a phenomenal save, a save that the best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match.
Mourinho: “In the end we score but I have to remember David’s [De Gea] save – without that, no winning goal. We qualify from a very difficult group with one match in hand.” #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) November 27, 2018
“We didn’t play to be in trouble until the last minute. I was frustrated we couldn’t score. My players were very tired at the end. That’s what I want. Without David de Gea’s save, no winning goal. We qualified. We did it.
Mourinho on De Gea: “It looks a phenomenal save, a save the best goalkeeper in the world does.” #mufc [BT]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) November 27, 2018
“Realistically, to be in the last 16 is an achievement – not a big one or a fantastic one, but an achievement.”